Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Sept 18, 2013 21:52:17 GMT
Great video by Child Poverty Action Group
'People like us'
A really good video which effectively dispels some of the 'scrounger & striver' myths surrounding people who claim benefits. It brings home how anyone could end up being reliant on benefits. It contains some really good stories including one about a mum who was earning £27,000 a year and then lost her job; finding herself struggling on benefits whilst making stark choices over having to feed her child rather than herself.
It's well worth a look and could be used at various meetings, perhaps an AGM or when trying to tutor an audience over the reality of a 'life on benefits' - it's no where near as cushy government would have you believe.
The video was launched by CPAG at their very well attended annual welfare conference in London on the 11th September. It was a great event with some really useful workshops with great speeches by Owen Jones, Amelia Gentleman of the Guardian and others in the afternoon. I enjoyed it immensely and will do a write up on some of the questions asked (oh yes I managed to get a few in!) and the topics discussed as soon as I get a chance.
If any one else was there, please chip in and tell us what you think.
The shocking truth about 'Benefits Britain' is ... that people receiving benefits are people like us.
Too often, people who have lost their jobs, have a disability or become ill, or who are in low paid work, find that when politicians talk about benefits, they talk about things which say nothing to them about their lives.
Words and images about ‘skivers’ and ‘benefit lifestyles’ may win votes or persuade people to back cuts to welfare benefits, but they mislead the public and don’t capture the experiences or needs of ordinary families.
Join us in asking party leaders not to forget that when we talk about benefit claimants we’re talking about real people, real families, and real children. People like us.